Summer is here, and it’s time to break out the sundresses, shorts, and bikinis! But before you do, lets talk about hair removal. Whether you love it or leave it, dealing with body hair can be a tricky to navigate, and let's be real, getting rid of unwanted hair can be a real pain (literally). In this day and age, there are a multitude of options for those of us wanting to rock our summer looks with silky smooth skin. From shaving to waxing, there are countless hair removal methods out there, each with its own set of pros and cons. So, if you’re wanting to be hair free and carefree when you hit the beach, we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect hair removal method for you.
A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO HAIR REMOVAL
The classic and most popular hair removal method, shaving is quick, easy, and painless. Plus, it's great for those on a budget. The downside? You'll have to do it pretty often, as hair grows back quickly. Shaving is a great option for those who want a quick fix, but don't want to commit to a long-term hair removal method.
Waxing is a go-to for those looking for longer-lasting results. Waxing can last up to six weeks, but it can be painful and expensive (unless you DIY it). And let’s be real, no one likes the redness and irritation that comes with it. You also need to let your hair grow out before your next session, so you’ll have to time it with your beach days. But if you're willing to endure a little pain for silky smooth skin, waxing is the way to go.
This method is one of my favourites. Epilation involves using a tool called an epilator, which uses tweezers to remove hair from the root. It's a great option for those with sensitive skin and can last up to four weeks. However, it can be time-consuming and can be painful. Epilation is perfect for those who want to avoid the redness and irritation associated with waxing but still want long-lasting results.
Laser Hair Removal
The ultimate hair removal method for those looking for long-term results. Laser hair removal uses intense light to target and destroy hair follicles, leaving you smooth and hair-free for months. Though it can be expensive and can require multiple sessions, the option I personally go for when it comes to laser is having a home IPL unit. This means I can give myself the laser treatment at home and as needed, saving me time and money. Laser gets rid of most hair, and thins out the rest of it, meaning that you can shave those areas with ease. If you're looking for a long-term hair removal solution, laser hair removal is definitely worth looking into.
Hair Removal Cream
Hair removal cream, otherwise known as depilatory cream, works by breaking down the protein structure of the hair. The active ingredient in most hair removal creams is a chemical called thioglycolic acid or its derivatives. When applied to the skin, this chemical reacts with the keratin in the hair and causes it to break down and dissolve, making it easy to wipe away with a cloth. If this is the method you opt for, it’s important to follow the instructions on the package, as leaving the cream on for too long can cause irritation or burning sensation. It's also recommended to do a patch test before using it on a larger area of skin, to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction to the cream. Hair removal cream when used correctly, is a pain-free and cost-effective measure for smooth skin.
So, whether you're looking for a quick fix or long-term results, there's a hair removal method out there for everyone. Don't be afraid to experiment and find the perfect one for you. And remember, no matter what method you choose, make sure you follow the aftercare instructions and be gentle to your skin. And don't forget to always use sunscreen on treated areas to protect your skin from sun damage. Happy hair removal!